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Mistakes have blacklisted many Americans from banks, leading to fees for paying bills, cashing checks, and wiring money. The NYT reports.
Investors have already started to price in improved earnings in financial names, Stuart Frankel's Steve Grasso says.
Cramer says that higher rates are not bad news for everyone.
Weak mortgage results from JPMorgan and Wells Fargo don't bode well as regional banks begin to report earnings, says one pro.
So did at least one law firm, a hedge fund, a private equity fund, trade groups and lobbyists.
Some smaller regional lenders are seeing increasing commercial loan demand. Here are previews for the five largest U.S. regional banks by TheStreet.com.
Stocks finished in negative territory Friday, with the Dow snapping a 10-day win streak and the S&P 500 ending shy of its record closing level, following a disappointing consumer sentiment report and as investors started to question whether the recent rally has run out of steam.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
On Friday, the Dow will shoot for an 11th straight day of gains as well as its 11th consecutive Friday gain. The Dow has not been down any day in March and any Friday in 2013, on pace for its 4th straight weekly gain, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq are up 3 weeks in a row.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Thursday:
Most banks got the green light from the Fed with their capital plans. In a surprise, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase received only "conditional approval."
Veteran bank analyst Richard Bove continues to be bullish on the banking sector.
Wells Fargo's valuation to the consensus forward earnings estimate is only slightly above the rest of the "big four" U.S. banks, despite being the strongest and steadiest earner among the group for many years. TheStreet.com reports.
U.S. Bancorp and JPMorgan have been unfairly punished, analysts say.
Traders will be watching Thursday's earnings closely for signs of any trend that could break stocks out of their doldrums.
The long-term bull case for Boeing remains, despite 787 Dreamliner troubles, Carter Leake of BB&T Capital Markets says.
Day to day market moves giving you a headache? Cramer said think 'themes' and you may feel better.
Take a look at some of Monday's midday movers: